Touchy Feely by Tim Massey

Our new season features an unmissable talk by Mike Bullen — writer of the ITV hit Cold Feet. Please put this and all the other dates in your diary. All meetings take place in the Cooper’s Loft at the Bristol Old Vic (except 28 March which is in the Macready Room). Ask at the bar on the first floor for directions. Everyone attending pays £1.

Tuesday, 14 March at 7.30pm: Open Workshop

Tuesday, 21 March at 7.30pm: Like Father, Like Son and Ticking Over
A reading of two of the scripts that didn’t quite make it to the finals of our recent competition. Lori Hill’s Like Father, Like Son takes a comic look at the inevitability of each of us turning out like our parents. Helen Bradbury’s Ticking Over is a comedy set in the waiting room of a hospital’s out-patient department.

Tuesday, 28 March at 7.30pm in the Macready Room: Open Workshop

Tuesday, 4 April at 7.30pm: Meet Mike Bullen of Cold Feet
Mike Bullen will talk to us about the development of Cold Feet from the time he first pitched the idea to ITV executives up to the third series — which he is currently working on for screening in the autumn. He’ll discuss how the motivation of the characters was developed in long discussions with the director and will illustrate his talk with various clips, including scenes that didn’t work and comparisons of a scene from the English version with the American version of the same thing.

Tuesday, 11 April at 7.30pm: Open Workshop

Tuesday, 18 April at 7.30pm: Andy Graham on Structure
Our chair, Andy Graham, gives another of his popular talks, followed by discussion.


New Vic line-up

As many of you know already, the results of our competition are:

Touchy Feely by Tim Massey

The Camp by Mark Breckon

Calling Up by Claire Griffiths

Skank by Sharon Stonier

Fifth Equal
Women’s Talk by Pat Dallimore
Over Exposure by Ann Gawthorpe and Lesley Bown

Touchy Feely will be given a full production at the New Vic, King Street, Bristol on Friday, 5 and Saturday, 6 May.

The Camp will be given a rehearsed reading at the New Vic on Thursday, 4 May.

Calling Up and Over Exposure will be given rehearsed readings at the New Vic on Wednesday, 3 May.

Skank and Women’s Talk will be given rehearsed readings at the New Vic on Tuesday, 2 May.


Latest from Station Road

Tune into 93-104 FM (882 and 657 MW) every day at 10.30am from Monday, 13 to Friday, 17 March to hear Melanie Lawman’s fourth week of episodes for the BBC Radio Wales soap Station Road. Alternatively, tune into the omnibus edition on Sunday, 19 March at 10am. Melanie will talk to the group about writing for Station Road later in the year.


Soho stages Angels and Saints at new Dean Street venue

Jessica Townsend’s play Angels and Saints which won the Peggy Ramsay award — and had its first tentative airing at a Southwest Scriptwriters meeting — its being produced by Soho Theatre at its prestigious new venue in Dean Street from Thursday, 18 May until Saturday, 17 June at 8.45pm.